Susanna Daniels has spent over twenty years wondering why her beloved Aunt Erma disappeared from her life. When Aunt Erma leaves a voicemail asking for help at her pie shop, Susanna thinks she’s finally going to get the answers she’s been waiting for.
But when Susanna arrives in the small town of Hocus Hills, Aunt Erma is gone, leaving only a short note and her mischievous dog, Mitzy. Running a pie shop is harder than Susanna could have ever imagined. To top it off she has an inspector and an overzealous gym owner breathing down her neck. Then a cookie shop opens up down the street bringing competition she can’t afford.
As if that isn’t enough, strange things start happening around town.
The Bottom Line: I can’t say I was blown away by this book, but I did like it and am glad I gave it a shot. In truth, A Slice of Magic reads like a combination of a paranormal read and a cozy mystery so, a cozy paranormal. From the beginning, you (and Susanna) understand there is something drastically different about Hocus Hills. As Susanna works diligently to keep her aunt’s immensely popular pie shop afloat, she suspects there is something big she is missing that is keeping her from baking perfect pies and being fully accepted by the rest of the town. For several weeks, Susanna struggles to understand what it is she is missing and when the truth finally comes to light, it is far weirder and more awesome than she ever could have expected. Ultimately, this is a decent read that is very quick and while I wouldn’t put it to the top of your TBR list, I would pull it out on a day when you’re just in the mood for something light, fun, and full of tasty treats.